Special Issue "New Insights on Nanomaterials for Energy, Environmental and Agricultural Applications"

Submission Deadline: 30 December 2021
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Guest Editors
Dr. Ram Prasad, Department of Botany, Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari, Bihar, India
Ram Prasad, is associated with the Department of Botany, Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari, Bihar, India. His research interest includes applied and environmental microbiology, plant-microbe-nanointerface, sustainable agriculture and nanobiotechnology. He has more than 175 publications to his credit, including research papers, review articles and book chapters and five patents issued or pending and edited or authored several books. Previously, he served as Assistant Professor, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India; Visiting Assistant Professor, Whiting School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA; and Research Associate Professor at School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.

Prof. Vijay Kumar Thakur, Biorefining and Advanced Materials Research Centre, Scotland's Rural College, Edinburgh, UK
Vijay's research interests include the synthesis and processing of bio-based polymers, nanostructured materials, hydrogels, polymer micro/ nanocomposites, nanoelectronic materials, engineering nanomaterials, electrochromic materials, green synthesis of nanomaterials, and surface functionalization of polymers/nanomaterials. He has published over 200 SCI journal articles, 50 books, 40 Book Chapters and hold one US patent (technology transferred to Industry). He also sits on the editorial board of several SCI Journals as Associate Editor/ Editor/ Editorial Advisory Board Member.

Summary

Understanding the innovative strategies for synthesis, assembly, and modification of advanced nanomaterials with novel geomorphology, structure, and unembellished active sites which greatly benefit their performance in energy, environmental remediation, environmental catalysis, agricultural system and development of different kinds of nanostructured photocatalysts for several technological applications.

This special issue aims to publish the high-quality outstanding collection of original research, mini-review or extended review, case study, short communication, based on current research and developments on bionanomaterials, utilization in energy, environmental and agricultural applications along with their prospects. This will also help them to understand and address problems faced in the agricultural, energy and environmental sectors by utilization of bionanomaterials. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

• Nanomaterials with innovative geomorphology, structure, and exposed active sites

• Nanomaterials utilization for energy, environmental and agricultural sustainability

• Nanobiosensors for energy, environmental and agricultural fields

• Roles in the degradation of pollutants, wastewater treatment, disinfection, and wastes reutilization

• Mechanistic approaches for photocatalysis, catalytic reaction, renewable energy and environmental remediation

• Solar-assisted photocatalytic splitting of water and removal of pollutants

• Modelling of nanomaterials, simulation, CO2 capture, storage, and conversion


Keywords
Nanobiotechnology, Nanosensors, Photocatalysis, Dye degradation, Wastewater treatment, Pesticides, Insecticides, Environmental protection, Renewable energy, Environmental remediation

Published Papers
  • A Comprehensive Review on Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Microbial Fuel Cells
  • Abstract The focus of microbial fuel cell research in recent years has been on the development of materials, microbes, and transfer of charges in the system, resulting in a substantial improvement in current density and improved power generation. The cathode is generally recognized as the limiting factor due to its high-distance proton transfer, slow oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), and expensive materials. The heterogeneous reaction determines power generation in MFC. This comprehensive review describes-recent advancements in the development of cathode materials and catalysts associated with ORR. The recent studies indicated the utilization of different metal oxides, the ferrite-based catalyst to overcome this… More
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